Specifications and Features
|Year and Model||Sol Advanced Cooking System|
|Materials||Aluminum pot, neoprene cozy, stainless steel burner, plastic bottom cover and lid|
|Pot Size||0.8 L|
|Weight||Measured total weight: 11.8 oz (335 g)|
Measured minimum weight: 9.2 (261 g)
Manufacturer total weight: 10.5 (300 g)
|Features||Aluminum pot, thin neoprene cozy with handle and heat indicator, lightweight burner with wing|
valve, piezo igniter, Jetboil Thermo-Regulate™ technology, drink-through lid with pour spout
and strainer, bottom cover/measuring cup
|Included||Burner, cook pot, pot support, canister tripod|
The Jetboil Sol Advanced Cooking System, introduced in spring 2011, is the same as their top of the line Sol Ti Premium Cooking System, except it has an Aluminum pot instead of a Titanium pot, and the cozy has a heat indicator strip on it. It uses the same burner as the Sol Ti. Opting for the aluminum pot saves you US$30, and its only 2 ounces heavier.
The Sol Cooking Systems are Jetboil’s lightest and most technically advanced integrated canister fuel stoves. Besides being lightened throughout, they incorporate the new Jetboil Thermo-Regulate™ Technology, which is a pressure regulator that maintains burner output as the fuel in the canister diminishes and improves performance in temperatures down to 20 F (-6 C).
Jetboil has made a concerted effort to lighten nearly every component of the Sol Advanced Cooking System: the cook pot is smaller, the top lid is a bit lighter, it has a thin neoprene cozy, and the burner unit is lightened up. It does still have a piezo igniter. The stove can be further lightened by eliminating the top cover, cozy, and bottom cover to reduce the weight to just 9.2 ounces (213 g), which is 1.7 ounces (48 g) more than the stripped Sol Ti Premium Cooking System.
In our performance tests, the Sol Advanced Cooking System was just behind the Sol Ti Premium Cooking System: fast heating rate (only the MSR Reactor and Jetboil Sol Ti were faster), excellent fuel efficiency, good wind resistance, excellent cold resistance, and excellent burner control.
Jetboil’s range of available companion cups and accessories and included pot support make this and other Jetboil stoves the most versatile in the group of stoves we tested. Although the stove’s cook pot is only 0.8 L, which is suitable for cooking in-pot for one person, larger volume pots are available to fit this stove that will cook in-pot for three people, and the included pot support allows the burner to be used with conventional cook pots to cook for even larger groups.
One bummer we found is the design of the connection between the cook pot and burner. A small slot on the base of the pot needs to line up exactly with a bead on the burner’s flange, then turn to lock. The design is awkward to use, but a Jetboil user gets used to it. Jetboil seems to maintain this design in order to have backward compatibility of their accessory pots with existing stoves.
Unlike the Sol Ti, the heat exchanger fins on the bottom of this stove’s pot are thicker and more durable, so this stove can be packed sans the bottom cap without concern for damaging the fins.
Overall, the Sol Advanced Cooking System is a good value, it has all of the features (except the Titanium pot) and most of the performance of the top of the line Sol Premium Cooking System, at a lower cost. It costs a little more than the Jetboil Flash and PCS, but the advanced technology and superior performance are worth the extra cost. The smaller 0.8 L cook pot needn’t be a deterrent; our tests find that this stove will quickly boil all the water you need, and if you want more cooking capacity consider getting Jetboil’s new 1.8 L Sumo Companion Cup.
- The Sol is Jetboil’s lightest, most advanced cooking system
- Less expensive than the Sol Ti (because of its aluminum pot), but has the same features and nearly the same performance
- Excellent heating rate and fuel efficiency, almost as good as the Sol Ti
- Good wind resistance (but benefits from wind protection)
- Excellent cold resistance
- Pressure regulation maintains burner output
- Wide range of optional pots and accessories
- Included pot support allows burner to be used with conventional pots
What’s Not So Good
- Pot to burner connection is awkward to use
Disclosure: The manufacturer provided this product to the author and/or Backpacking Light at no charge and is owned by the author/BPL. The author/Backpacking Light has no obligation to the manufacturer to review this product under the terms of this agreement.